PEF Grants

Duke Energy Grants

DUKE Energy awarded $27,000 to 9 schools! In addition, 29 teachers received professional development in the areas of Energy, Environment, or Engineering.  Along with the training teachers also received materials to implement concepts in their classrooms. Since 2006 Duke Energy has invested over $645,000 in Polk’s teachers and students.

Polk Education Foundation (PEF) received $40,000 in funding from Duke Energy for school grants to enhance science initiatives on Energy, Environment, or Engineering topics for the 2021-2022 school year.  Schools will apply for funding in early fall. Thank you, Nancy Dodd and DUKE Energy!

Duke Energy Schools

Alta Vista Elementary
Alturas Elementary
Babson Park Elementary (LWCharter)
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Elementary
Bethune Academy
Bok Academy South (LWCharter)
Bok Academy North (LWCharter)
Boone Middle School
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Davenport School of the Arts
Davenport Elementary
Dundee Elementary
Dundee Ridge Middle
Eastside Elementary
Frostproof Elementary
Frostproof Middle/Senior
International Baccalaureate
Haines City High School
Hillcrest Elementary (LWCharter)
Horizons Elementary
Janie Howard Wilson Elementary (LWCharter)
Lake Wales High School (LWCharter)
Laurel Elementary
Lake Marion Creek
Loughman Oaks Elementary
McLaughlin Middle
Our Children’s Academy (Charter)
Palmetto Elementary
Polk Avenue Elementary (LWCharter)
Ridge Community High School
Roosevelt Academy
Sandhill Elementary
Spook Hill Elementary

2021-2022 Press Release – DUKE Energy

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Shannan Combee
Polk Education Foundation
Phone: 863-534-0519 x609
Fax: 863-519-3791
shannan.combee@polk-fl.net

Polk Education Foundation receives $50,000 from Duke Energy!
With Duke’s $50,000 and additional funds from State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, the Polk Education Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $62,000 in grant funds. Grants focused around the topics of the environment, engineering, or energy education. Funding was divided into two categories. The first portion awarded schools funding for classroom-specific science/engineering programs. The second portion of funding provided professional development. Three engineering-focused trainings were offered. The first professional development session focused on designing solar ovens. The second training focused on designing windmills while the last session focused on designing vertical gardens. Teachers attending training received a materials kit and teacher manual to implement lessons in their classroom. Twenty-nine teachers participated in professional development to increase engagement in their classrooms.

Each classroom grant awarded schools up to $3,000 to purchase materials used to enhance learning in the focus areas of the environment, engineering or energy education. This grant program, now in its fifteenth year, is sponsored by DUKE Energy (formerly Progress Energy) and is administered by the Polk Education Foundation. It has returned over $645,000 to classrooms in the DUKE Energy service area. As a result of DUKE Energy’s commitment to education, these schools are making great strides to increase students’ scores and enrich the learning process in fourth through twelfth grade.

A few highlighted projects: Babson Park Elementary 4th and 5th-grade students visiting the STEM lab weekly to explore topics such as the flow of energy through hands-on activities. Janie Howard Wilson students are engineering and programming robots all while promoting teamwork, problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Lake Wales High School engineering teacher is growing an Engineering Academy where students are using industry trainers to teach students the importance of measuring, interpreting, and analyzing data collected. Students have a chance to leave high school with an Applied Engineering Associated Degree at no cost to the student. Bok Academy North’s focus is on water quality and energy conservation. Students will gain a better understanding of renewable and nonrenewable energy as they
gain a greater understanding of energy conservation. Water testing will continue as students compare and contrast water from lakes surrounding the school. We are anticipating great stories of student
engagement and interest in the environment, engineering or energy education!

Congratulations to the following schools:
Babson Park Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
Berkley Elementary
Lena Vista Elementary
Bok Academy North
Lincoln Avenue Academy
Bok Academy South
Janie Howard Wilson
Cleveland Court Elementary
Lake Wales High School
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Loughman Oaks Elementary
Doris Sanders
McLaughlin Middle
Dundee Elementary
Palmetto Elementary
Dundee Ridge Middle
Polk Avenue Elementary
Frostproof Middle/Senior
Roosevelt Academy
Haines City High School

(Picture 1) Palmetto Elementary students creating a butterfly garden (Butterfly pictures attached) The Polk Education Foundation is direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax-generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org.

School Matching Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded over $29,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!

2020-2021 School Matching Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per grant. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools.

Press Release

For Immediate Release – 2/18/2021
For More Information Contact: Susan Copeland 863/534/0519 or Susana.copeland@polk-fl.net

Polk Education Foundation Receives Grant to
The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) recently awarded Polk Education Foundation $172,202.56 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

AmeriCorps Polk Reads received $78,527 to support its reading tutoring program. Members provide one-on-one reading tutoring to Kindergarten – 3rd-grade public school students at selected school sites each year. During the
2019-2020 school year, AmeriCorps Polk Reads members tutored 346 students providing over 28,000 hours of service free to our community valued at over $716,000! The selected students received three, thirty-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension strategies.

The STEaMing up Polk Schools! Grant program received $35,000 which was offered to schools in the form of grants. All K-12 public and charter schools had the opportunity to write a grant that would enhance STEM instruction at their school. Another $15,000 was dedicated to the School Matching Funds Grant program. This program invites schools to leverage funds from the community with the promise of a dollar-for-dollar match for programs that increase literacy, enhance STEM education, support low-performers, increase teaching quality, and or support career/technical education.

$25,000 supported to the Teacher to Teacher Idea Connection program. The Teacher to Teacher Connection is a mini-grant program that seeks out teachers that have developed and successfully used innovative teaching practices in their classrooms. As part of a layered network designed to improve student achievement, these teachers called “Developers” work with the Foundation over the course of a school year to first help produce the Idea Catalog of Excellence in which their program is highlighted. Then in the fall new Developers join with Developer alumni to present their innovative programs at the Idea Expo. Teachers attending the Idea Expo have the opportunity to apply for an Adapter grant to receive funds to replicate a program they felt would benefit their students.

$18,675 was committed to the Free Teacher Market where teachers have the opportunity to register and shop for school supplies, incentives, organizational tools, and much more without spending any money out of their own
pockets.

Through the collaborative effort of its members, the CFEF successfully advocated for the creation of legislative matching funds in 2000 which has provided a dollar-for-dollar incentive for local education foundations to raise private contributions for eligible projects. Since then, more than $114 million in combined private and state dollars has been employed for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage
STEM and career/technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates.

Pictures (Attached)
AmeriCorps Polk Reads (Juliann working with a student on sight words) Pic Juliann 1
STEaMing Up Polk! Grant (Students using augmented reality with Google Expeditions) Pic Berkley_Pic4
School Matching Grant (Students checking on plants in their outdoor garden) Pic IMG_3884
Free Teacher Market (Handing out supply bags during a drive-thru opening) IMG_20200+09_162653edited
Teacher to Teacher Program (Students coding Ozobot robots) STEM grant Pics

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education
foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they
raise $64 million annually to support students, teachers, and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has facilitated more than $56 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

To learn more about the CFEF and the statewide impact of the program, visit www.educationfoundationsfl.org.

STEAMing Up Polk Schools! Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded $35,000 in Grant Funds to 12 schools!

STEAMing Up Polk Schools! funded through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation, awarded $35,000 for STEaM education grants. Grant funds must be used to increase student achievement in STEaM content areas, improve/increase availability and inventory of resources to enhance instruction in STEaM education, and/or fund professional development in alignment with STEaM education initiatives.

Press Release

For Immediate Release – 2/18/2021
For More Information Contact: Susan Copeland 863/534/0519 or Susana.copeland@polk-fl.net

Polk Education Foundation Receives Grant to
The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) recently awarded Polk Education Foundation $172,202.56 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

AmeriCorps Polk Reads received $78,527 to support its reading tutoring program. Members provide one-on-one reading tutoring to Kindergarten – 3rd-grade public school students at selected school sites each year. During the
2019-2020 school year, AmeriCorps Polk Reads members tutored 346 students providing over 28,000 hours of service free to our community valued at over $716,000! The selected students received three, thirty-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension strategies.

The STEaMing up Polk Schools! Grant program received $35,000 which was offered to schools in the form of grants. All K-12 public and charter schools had the opportunity to write a grant that would enhance STEM instruction at their school. Another $15,000 was dedicated to the School Matching Funds Grant program. This program invites schools to leverage funds from the community with the promise of a dollar-for-dollar match for programs that increase literacy, enhance STEM education, support low-performers, increase teaching quality, and or support career/technical education.

$25,000 supported to the Teacher to Teacher Idea Connection program. The Teacher to Teacher Connection is a mini-grant program that seeks out teachers that have developed and successfully used innovative teaching practices in their classrooms. As part of a layered network designed to improve student achievement, these teachers called “Developers” work with the Foundation over the course of a school year to first help produce the Idea Catalog of Excellence in which their program is highlighted. Then in the fall new Developers join with Developer alumni to present their innovative programs at the Idea Expo. Teachers attending the Idea Expo have the opportunity to apply for an Adapter grant to receive funds to replicate a program they felt would benefit their students.

$18,675 was committed to the Free Teacher Market where teachers have the opportunity to register and shop for school supplies, incentives, organizational tools, and much more without spending any money out of their own
pockets.

Through the collaborative effort of its members, the CFEF successfully advocated for the creation of legislative matching funds in 2000 which has provided a dollar-for-dollar incentive for local education foundations to raise private contributions for eligible projects. Since then, more than $114 million in combined private and state dollars has been employed for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage
STEM and career/technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates.

Pictures (Attached)
AmeriCorps Polk Reads (Juliann working with a student on sight words) Pic Juliann 1
STEaMing Up Polk! Grant (Students using augmented reality with Google Expeditions) Pic Berkley_Pic4
School Matching Grant (Students checking on plants in their outdoor garden) Pic IMG_3884
Free Teacher Market (Handing out supply bags during a drive-thru opening) IMG_20200+09_162653edited
Teacher to Teacher Program (Students coding Ozobot robots) STEM grant Pics

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education
foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they
raise $64 million annually to support students, teachers, and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has facilitated more than $56 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

To learn more about the CFEF and the statewide impact of the program, visit www.educationfoundationsfl.org.

AT&T STEM at Work Grant

2020-2021 AT&T STEM at Work Grant funded one $2,000 STEM (Science-Technology – Engineering- Math) grants through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of AT&T is to provide students with opportunities to better understand an area of STEM through workplace-based experiences and to increase their awareness and interest in STEM careers.

Hillcrest Elementary’s project, Virtual Reality STEM: Possibilities in the Medical World, partnered with Dr. Buck Scott to develop a connection between virtual reality and how it is used in the medical world, including surgeries, training, and tela-health in the ICU. Utilizing virtual reality tools students will be transported into the heart of a hospital and inspire to dream big!

2020-2021 ATT Press Release

For immediate release 2/16/2021:

For more information contact:
Susan Copeland 863/534-0519
Mary Chance 352/338-0250 or marychance@cfef.net

Polk Education Foundation Receives AT&T Grant for Students to Experience ‘STEM@Work’

Students at Hillcrest Elementary will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

For the 11th consecutive year, AT&T is working with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida through “STEM@Work.” Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills will all be key elements of the 35 separate projects to be organized and funded through Consortium member local education foundations, including the Polk Education Foundation.

Hillcrest’s project Virtual Reality STEM: Possibilities in the Medical World is exciting and inspiring. The lead teacher Mrs. Johnson is connecting 3rd through 5th-grade students with a local surgeon, Dr. Buck Scott, to make the connection between virtual realities and how they are used in the medical world, including surgeries, training, and teal –health in the ICU. Dr. Scott will kick off this project as part of the Great American Teach-In in November and will continue into April 2021. Virtual visits will continue a few times a month to learn more about the medical field. There will even be virtual field trips to the operating room to see just how exciting surgery can be. Along with the many opportunities to learn from Dr. Scott, students will also have other engineering opportunities to open their eyes to endless possibilities of what they can inspire to achieve.

“Industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create many of the high-value, high-wage jobs of tomorrow, and we also know that many jobs today – and even more tomorrow – will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, President, AT&T Florida. “The Consortium and other organizations are key to ensuring that young people are exposed to the educational and skills development opportunities to prepare them for success in their careers.”

This year’s statewide grant brings the total investment by AT&T over eleven years to more than $1 million. More than 75,000 students have been directly impacted through 469 projects involving 932 local workplace partners in 53 school districts throughout Florida.

“When I think back on my school years, the times I got to do something hands-on and outside the classroom are my strongest memories and some of those experiences influenced my career path,” said Mary Chance, president of the Consortium. “We are so grateful that AT&T continues to see the value of giving students experiences that allow them to experience how math and science are applied in careers through STEM@Work.”

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
Our society doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all. We recognize that inequalities are pervasive and we have a role to play in helping to address them. That’s why we’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities, and improving lives, particularly amongst historically underserved populations. We have a long history of investing in projects that promote academic and economic achievement and addressing community needs that promote social justice and racial equality. With a financial commitment of $600 million through AT&T Aspire since 2008, AT&T has leveraged technology, relationships, and social innovation to help give people – regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status – the opportunity to succeed.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations:
The Consortium is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the Consortium maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools. The Consortium has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise nearly $83 million annually to
support students, teachers, and schools through a variety of programs. The Consortium has provided nearly $55 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

About the Polk Education Foundations:
The Polk Education Foundation is direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax-generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org.

Suncoast Credit Union Grant

Suncoast Credit Union is proud to invest in education in Polk County. In 2020-2021, the Suncoast Credit Union grant awarded two $5,000 grants to meet any need at the school site. Citrus Ridge Academy purchased iPads for third graders to have tools to practice research-based programs to reinforce their learning.  Philip O’Brien used funds to enhance third through fifth-grade science and reading by adding science tools to develop a strong foundation of student conceptual science understanding. They purchased science tools and nonfiction science books.

2020-2021 Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Susan Copeland
Polk Education Foundation
863-534-0434
Fax 863-519-3791
susana.copeland@polk-fl.net

Re: Suncoast Credit Union invested $25,000 in Polk

The Polk Education Foundation received $25,000 in funding from Suncoast Credit Union. Funds supported a variety of programs and initiatives offered through the Foundation.

AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a reading tutoring program for struggling kindergarten – third-grade readers in select schools in Polk County. Our members provided three, 30-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions per week to over 400 students who are behind in reading. These sessions target the five components of effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension strategies) and work to move students up in their reading levels. Americorps Polk Reads received $6,000 to support this critical endeavor.

With the cost of college becoming even more expensive, students are depending on scholarships to help make attending college an option. As part of the many scholarships awarded through Polk Education Foundation, two fortunate
students will each receive a $2,000 Suncoast Scholar Award offered by Suncoast Credit Union to help offset the cost of attending college.

Suncoast Credit Union also invested funds, time, and energy into the Free Teacher Market. Funding was used to purchase much-needed school supplies to help Erase the Need for students. Teachers were able to pick up school supplies free of
charge for their students and classrooms. The employees at Suncoast Credit Union also hosted a supply drive putting even more supplies into the hands of students. Suncoast Credit Union also sponsored the tote bags that teachers filled while shopping in the Free Teacher Market.

Last but not least, two schools each received $5,000 for a need at their school. Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy used grant funds to bridge the digital divide for third graders. By utilizing online digital research-based programs, students will have the extra support to grow academically. Philip O’Brien Elementary used grant funds to include more hands-on science/STEM materials for students to interact with while learning the state standards of science. Suncoast Credit Union is a champion for learning in Polk!

Picture 1 “5.jpg” AmeriCorps Member working on sight words with one of her students

Picture 2 “PXL_20210114_201015039.jpg” Teachers who shopped at the Free Teacher Market

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth-largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $12.6 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 74 full-service branches and serves more than 928,000 members in the following 39 Florida counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $32 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional wellbeing of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com or follow us on social media at: facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion, linkedin.com/company/suncoastcreditunion, twitter.com/SuncoastCU, or instagram.com/suncoastcreditunion.

About Polk Education Foundation
The Polk Education Foundation is direct support 501(c)(3) organization for the Polk County School Board and raises funds to support school programs for which tax-generated dollars may not be used. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at www.polkeducationfoundation.org

Tampa Bay Lightning Grant

In 2020-2021, Tampa Bay Lightning funded one $5,000 to Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary.  This school focused on increasing literacy for Kindergarten through third-grade students by purchasing leveled readers for classroom use.

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